The Future of Shopping

By Erin Bradley Neer | Trends and ideas disrupting the retail industry.

Amazon Flex could be a new way to get your packages, report says

In Silicon Valley, one of the best sayings goes: Better to disrupt your own company, before someone else does it first. That may be the strategy in play with a new Amazon initiative called Amazon Flex.

The program, which hasn't been publicly announced by Amazon, was discovered at a facility in …


Fast Fashion: 3 Ways That Startups are Changing the Way We Dress

From algorithms that select your outfits for you to rental options for the most fashionable trends, some tech startups are changing the way we shop forever.

Gone are the days when the mall was the only option people had for updating their wardrobes. A new vanguard of startups are bringing high …

Fashion Trends

Replace Just 2 Words in the Amazon Article and Something Amazing Happens

It's easy to criticize Amazon until you realize that what Bezos is doing is what every disruptive company desperately needs.

The firestorm of controversy about the work environment at Amazon, sparked by the recent New York Times article, has become almost religious. Not only has it surfaced an …


Online Sales Leading Toward Smaller, Urban Warehouses

E-commerce retailers are starting to add smaller, urban warehouses to their supply chains as the pace of online shopping and delivery transforms distribution demands.

In a report to be released next week, analysts with real-estate brokerage firm CBRE Inc. say demand for existing industrial …

Online Life

Lowe’s Squeezes Into Manhattan Space as Big-Box Era Fades

At the site of a former grocery store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Lowe’s Cos. is tackling the ultimate challenge for big-box retail: going …

New York City

$49 Amazon Prime rival is now open to all in the US

The much hyped Amazon rival from Marc Lore, the founder of, is here. has launched today, a few hours ahead of schedule.

Jet costs $49 per year to subscribe and offers the “best prices on the Web” by looking across multiple sites and finding the best prices.

Individual retailers …


Online takeout orders could overtake phone orders in five years or less

If you’re lounging at home and want to order food, you probably already have your phone in your hand — but not to make a phone call. Now more than ever, you're more likely to use an app for takeout.

Online orders are gaining momentum — so much so that they're set to overtake regular phone orders in …

Everything You Need To Know About Amazon’s New Rival

Upstart shopping site aims to be cheaper than Amazon, more practical than Costco.

If you haven’t heard of yet, you will very soon. The groundbreaking startup e-retailer has already accumulated 100,000 trial members in limited markets, and on Tuesday it will open fully to the public across …


Inventory Management in the Age of Big Data

We are on the verge of a major upheaval in the way inventory is managed. This revolution is a result of the availability of the huge amounts of real-time data that are now routinely generated on the internet and through the interconnected world of enterprise software systems and smart products. In …

Big Data

Shutting Down Stores Doesn’t Have to Be Bad for Business

When The Gap recently announced its plans to close 175 of its 675 stores in North America, it joined a number of other retail chains — including Staples, Office Depot, Target, and Radio Shack — that have been or soon will be shuttering a slew of outlets for one reason or another. A major challenge …


Five reasons Target's deal with CVS Health makes it leaner and meaner

The discount retailer will be better able to focus on its strategic plan, undistracted by a pharmacy business it frankly wasn’t good at.

It’s not easy to walk away from billions of dollars in revenue a year. But Target is getting good at it.

On Monday, Target TGT announced it would sell its …


Amazon now offers free shipping to non-Prime members for small items

Amazon just made it a lot easier for you to get free shipping on some items, even if you don't pay for its Prime service.

The company just rolled out a new program, called "Fulfillment by Amazon Small and Light," which offers free shipping in the U.S for certain small items that cost $10 or …


Buy buy buy: Why all of your favorite social networks want you to shop now

What are you doing on social networks? Chatting with friends? What does that do for the American economy? Nothing, that's what.

Silicon Valley has a better idea: instead of liking baby photos, why aren't you shopping? Yes, it's the e-commerce moment for social media companies like Facebook, …


Grocery Industry Tries Not to Freak Out as Amazon Plans Its Own Food Line

Amazon has long been a frenemy to the businesses that sell goods on its site. Soon, grocery food brands are going to get their own taste of why an Amazon relationship can be so complicated.

The company plans to introduce its own line of grocery items, including milk, cereal and baby food, under the …


Target CEO's tech Q&A includes talk of Uber partnership, Apple Pay timeline - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

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7 Of The Best Strategic Uses Of Consumer-Facing Tech In Retail & Hospitality

Technology at retail and restaurants is providing a competitive advantage for Rebecca Minkoff, Panera Bread, AT&T, Tesco, Havaianas and others. It's improving service and customization while often improving costs for these firms.


This Is How You'll Shop In 2020

Mall rats, rejoice.

If you want to be happy, recent research suggests, you should spend your money on experiences, not things. It’s a wise sentiment, with income being a limited resource and all. You work hard for your paycheck. You want to get the most out of it.

On the other hand: Shopping is fun! …

Brick and Mortar

Etsy Wants To Bring Its Handmade Wares To A Brick-And-Mortar Chain Store Near You

Selling their handmade wares in big, national stores is a logistical and financial challenge for small businesspeople on Etsy.

By the time Anthropologie placed an order for 10,000 of her screenprinted hand towels and napkins, Kristina Basgen had already been selling her designs on Etsy and at craft …


Physical Location Still a Factor in Online-Shopping Decisions

For retailing, the key change produced by the Internet is that shopping online spared consumers the economic costs (in time, grief and gas money) of visiting a store and locating a product. This has been called the “death of distance.” When even isolated individuals can buy anything from a global …

Online Life

11 perspectives on the future of brick-and-mortar retail stores

Last week, we asked readers for their predictions on what role they think brick-and-mortar stores will play in the future. We received many great …

Brick and Mortar

Amazon Offers Cheapest Grocery Delivery in NYC, Study Finds Inc., which has been seeking to push further into shoppers’ everyday lives, was the least expensive grocery-delivery option in New York …

Lowe's: The Home Improvement Retailer Of The Future

Lowe's seems like an unlikely candidate for a descriptor like "innovative retailer," but the truth is that the DIY stalwart is right there with some of the other industry giants who are incorporating e-commerce and tech-enabled stores to create a true omnichannel experience. For investors, this …

Home Improvement

Personal engagement is omnichannel experience at Ulta Beauty

For fast-growing retailer Ulta Beauty, having an omnichannel presence does not just mean selling products across multiple touch-points. As Ulta …

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Amazon wants to help you find a plumber

The company expanding from goods to services.

Amazon is taking aim at dominating yet another area of your life: household services.

The Seattle-based e-commerce company on Monday launched Amazon Home Services, a new platform helping customers find help with a variety of local services. Some of the …


Gap CEO hints at clothing vending machine

How Art Peck is turning to technology to help boost sales

New Gap CEO Art Peck wants to make it clear that he’s willing to be innovative to boost his company’s sales, saying in a recent interview that he’s embracing technology like radio-tagged clothing and even the possibility of a vending machine …


Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of …


Google opens first shop in London

Marianne WilsonAnother online company has entered the physical retail space: Google has opened an in-store shop in Currys PC World, on Tottenham …


Amazon’s Drone Delivery Dreams Just Took a Step Closer to Reality

But don't expect a drone on your doorstep anytime soon

Amazon’s hopes of delivering shipments to customers via drones got a little more real Thursday as federal regulators granted the company approval to test its unmanned aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon’s drones what’s …